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breaking news tonight. donald trump's new attack. the scathing video about hillary and bill clinton. the massive lines at this hour for block, hoping to see trump. and bill clinton tonight, pressed several times on donald trump. what the former president said this time. the attack foiled. the man armed with a meat cleaver, pledging allegiance to isis. we're on the screen. breaking news here at home. the stock market plunges. the worst start to a new year ever. what it means for your money tonight. the rescue. miners trapped 900 feet underground. the deepest salt mine in america. the race to get them out. and, no longer powerball fever, a full-blown outbreak. the new jackpot tonight, $700 million and counting. why the sudden huge paydays? we ask, did they change the
rules? good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night. and we begin with those long lines forming as we come on the air, donald trump, about to take the stage in front of a packed house in vermont. and it comes just as he unleashes a new attack. using hillary clinton's voice with images of her husband, monica lewinsky, then bill cosby. meanwhile, hundreds are lining up for trump. the room holds less than 2,000 people, but trump's team handing out 20,000 tickets to the event. former president bill clinton asked today, is his path fair game? the reporter asking him several times, and what the president then said. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl on the campaign trail in vermont. >> reporter: today, as hundreds of his supporters waited hours in the cold to see him in vermont, donald trump dropped this bomb on hillary clinton. >> women's rights are human rights. >> reporter: a trump campaign video, featuring clinton with disgraced congressman
anthony weiner, bill cosby, and bill clinton with monica lewinsky. trump is challenging hillary clinton's record on women's rights, saying she enabled the former president during his sex scandals. >> it hasn't been a very pretty picture for her or bill. i'm the only one that's willing to talk about his problems. >> reporter: but bill clinton will not take the bait. campaigning in iowa today, he refused to respond to trump. even when a reporter asked him three times. >> are you worried that your past could hurt your wife's campaign? >> i don't have any response. except if he wins the republican nomination, we'll have plenty of time to talk about it. >> reporter: in washington, the white house came to hillary clinton's defense. >> her commitment to fighting for justice and equality for women around the world is second to none. >> reporter: as clinton tries to ignore trump, today, "time magazine" put him on the headline. the headline, "how trump won." and here in vermont, the trump phenomenon was on vivid display. the rally is in a theater down
there. it doesn't start for another four hours, but as you can see, there is already a line of people here as far as the eye can see, extending for at least two more blocks. this is on one of the most liberal cities in america, the place that first elected bernie sanders. but out here today, it looks like trump territory. what about you? what brings you out here? >> i'm angry. >> i think he's going to be the next president. >> and jon karl with us now live from burlington, vermont. and jon, again, the theater holds 1,400 people. but they issued 20,000 tickets? how does that work? >> reporter: well, not very well, david. a lot of these people simply won't get in. so, what the trump campaign is doing is, they are only allowing in people who are confirmed supporters of donald trump. in a statement, mr. trump just put out, he says, we have more than 20,000 people that showed up for 1,400 seats. i'm taking care of my people, not people that don't want to vote for me. he says they are loyal to me and i am loyal to them.
>> all right, jon karl, thank you. meanwhile, the fallout tonight from the other battle line drawn by donald trump, asking if his nearest opponent on the republican side is even eligible for the presidency. senator ted krudz was born in canada to an american mother. he says the constitution is clear. but tonight, trump is getting some unlikely help. a former presidential candidate saying, it is a fair question. abc's tom llamas, in iowa tonight. >> reporter: as senator ted cruz drove through iowa today, donald trump tweeted him a helpful message. "ted, free legal advice how to preempt dems on citizen issue. go to court. you will win." tonight, the senator's answer. "thanks, but no thanks." >> i'm not going to be taking legal advice any time soon from donald trump. >> reporter: trump relentlessly jabbing cruz for being born in canada. >> do you believe senator ted cruz is a natural born citizen? >> i don't know, to be honest. >> reporter: and now, he's finding an unexpected ally in senator john mccain, someone he insulted last summer. >> he's not a war hero.
he's a war hero because he was captured. i like people who weren't captured. >> reporter: but despite their bad blood, mccain says he agrees with trump that cruz has some explaining to do. >> i think there is a question. i'm not a constitutional scholar on that, but i think it's worth looking into. i don't think it's illegitimate to look into it. >> reporter: mccain's comments, particularly notable since he, too, was born outside the u.s., and faced questions about whether he was fit to be president. but mccain says his situation is different, because he was born on an american military base in the panama canal zone. senator mccain is questioning if you can become president. do you have a problem? >> oh, listen. it is no surprise, everybody knows that john mccain is going to endorse marco rubio. >> reporter: when he tells his life story, cruz talks about growing up in texas. >> so, i grew up in texas. >> reporter: he moved there when he was 4. but he never says anything about canada. which, today, surprised some supporters.
>> i was surprised today, when he went through his bio, he went right over that. i wanted him to speak to that, and he didn't. >> reporter: so, you think he should explain how he was born in canada and why? >> well, at least just mention it. >> reporter: and david, today, we did speak with constitutional scholars, and the general consensus is that cruz is eligible to be president. that said, the supreme court has never ruled on this issue, but if cruz were to take this to court, the experts tell us, he would win. david? >> tom llamas in a rainy iowa tonight. tom, thank you. we turn now to the economy, and the breaking headline from wall street late today. stocks in a free fall today. the worst start to a year in history. the dow closing down nearly 400 points after a tumultuous day for china's markets. for the second time this week, china forced to halt trading, fueling real concern around the globe and here at home tonight. abc's linzie janis at the stock exchange for us. >> reporter: tonight, a wicked drop on wall street. the worst start to a new year on record for both the dow and the s&p.
the selloff sparked by concern over the slowing chinese economy. stock markets there plunging far and fast, triggering the government to shut down all trading twice this week. but the measure causing buyers and sellers to panic. markets in asia, europe and now the u.s. following suit. >> when something happens as significant as it is in china, it is going to have significant effects in europe and the united states. >> reporter: also concerning investors, oil prices, near their lowest in 12 years. some asking, is it a further sign of a weakening global economy? >> and linzie is now with us from the floor of the stock exchange tonight. so many wondering what does the turmoil mean for your savings, for your 401(k)? >> reporter: david, the bad news is, a typical savings account has already lost $4,500 so far this year. the good news is, money managers we've spoken with say that doesn't mean it's time to panic. the year is just beginning.
david? >> all right, all eyes on the markets. linzie, thank you. we move on in the meantime tonight to the developing headline overseas. that takedown in paris. a suspected terror assault this warted. a man wielding a meat cleaver storming a police station, shot and killed, wearing what looked like a suicide vest. abc's alex marquardt in paris. >> reporter: this cell phone video shows the moments after that takedown. at about 11:30 a.m., the man carrying a meat cleaver shouted, "god is great," in arabic and threatened the police. then, officers fired at home. >> i heard shouts coming from the police station. when the man didn't stop, they started shooting. >> reporter: a bomb squad moved in to analyze what looked like a suicide belt. a robot inspected the body. the belt turned out to be a fake. but on the young man wearing jeans were a paper isis flag and a note pledging ali galegiance its leader. tonight, french authorities say the man, in his early 20s, was born in morocco and was not
known to have been radicalized. the incident comes on the first anniversary of the massacre at "charlie hebdo" that left 12 dead. and after the isis attacks in november that killed 130, this man told us today, "we talk every day about the attacks that have happened, and the attacks that will happen." just before the attack, france's president gave a speech, thanking the country's security forces. bull he has warned that france is not finished with terrorism, and the country remains at its highest alert level. david? >> alex marquardt in paris tonight. alex, thank you. back here at home now, and to that rescue operation outside syracuse, new york. 17 miners starting their overnight shift suddenly trapped in an elevator, 900 feet down. sparking an urgent operation in frigid temperatures in the deepest salt mine in america. abc's gio benitez is in upstate new york tonight. >> reporter: deep beneath the
earth's surface, a ten-hour ordeal. 17 miners in a shift change. the third crew of the day. trapped 900 feet underground as they went into the deepest salt mine in north america. the mine's owners believe as the elevators lowered into the mine, 2,300 feet deep, a steel beam became lose, stopping the elevator, and keeping it there. the temperature dropping overnight to 15 degrees. the miners stuck in that shaft just as cold. >> they huddled together. they did what they could do to keep each other warm and keep each other's spirits up. >> reporter: overnight, the teams above sending down blankets and heat packs. and early this morning, after so many hours, a massive crane lowering a basket down to bring the miners up in small groups. good news for the lucky 17. and david, the fire department says, this is one of the toughest rescues they've ever had. all of the miners are now home. they are okay. but nobody is going back into that salt mine until the problem is fixed.
david? >> gio benitez in new york. gio, thank you. we're going to turn now to the extreme weather in the west. three storms all nine owe. the pictures tonight. a rock slide in yosemite. and then, the rain, punching through this ceiling at a goodwill ins connie doe, california. abc's matt gutman from california tonight. >> reporter: tonight, those storms generating monstrous waves. lapping at these homes in malibu. heavy seas gobbling up this street near san diego. that rock slide closing a yosemite highway. all of it whipped up by three consecutive el nino storms in as many days. in petaluma, california, this truck flipped over, trapping a woman inside her car. rescuers diving into the murk to free her. she survived. but tonight, the biggest concern, more mudslides. when a hillslide like this collapses, it forms this kind of mud, which isn't really soupy,
but has more the consistency of concrete. anything it touches gets encased in it, and the only way to clean this up is with heavy machinery. in the mountains, the snow blinding, from flagstaf, arizona to california. knocking out power at the ski town of big bear. they are still digging out here outside los angeles, trying to clear drains like this. the concern is that with storms forecast again this weekend, all of that mud is going to come rushing back down streets like this, swamping these communities. david? >> and that is the incredible thing. matt, thank you. another storm on the way. so, rob is here with that and the arctic air that is going to hit the country, as well. >> reporter: the two storms that hit california impacting a big chunk of the u.s. it's a mess here on the radar composite. the next storm coming into the pacific is really big. it's going to slam the entire west coast from san francisco to los angeles, san diego. significant rains here. especially in so cal, where the soil is unstable.
snows in the mountains, but two batches of snow for friday in minneapolis and saturday and sunday, st. louis to chicago with our next batch of snow. but that's where the cold air comes in. minus 25 will be the wind chill in minneapolis on sunday. they have an nfl playoff game happening there. could be the coldest ever played. >> the nfl. we'll see, rob. new developments tonight in the case of the so-called affluenza teen. his mother today extradited to texas. tonya couch due in court tomorrow, facing charges of helping her sons came to mexico. s ethan couch accused of violating his probation for the drunk driving deaths of four people. we turn now to your health tonight. and the controversy this evening over the government's new guidelines over what we eat, involving sugar, salt, alcohol, even coffee. how much can you have? here's abc's david kerley. >> reporter: at dinner tonight, you'll want to eat more vegetables, fruits, whole grains and seafood, if you want to meet the new government guidelines. but some earlier advice is gone.
now, the limits on cholesterol, removed. good news for the egg industry, even though the fine print says, eat as little cholesterol as possible. and a strong warning against too much added sugar. the new guidelines say no more than 10% of your daily calories. that's 200 calories, which means if you drink one 16 ounce bottle of soda a day, you have maxed out on your daily sugar intake. the government sails we should lower our salt intake to no more than a teaspoon a day. coffee, three to five cups a day is okay. and alcohol? one drink a day for women, up to two for men. but most controversial, is administration ignored government scientists and says lean meat is part of a healthy diet. >> even lean meat is associated with a higher risk of cancer. the meat industry has a lot of political power. they do not want the guidelines to say eat less meat. >> reporter: how effective are the recommendations? even the government admits most of us ignore them.
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finally tonight here, america strong. and the nursing assistant outside chicago, suddenly needing help herself. enter one former marine she never met. the story begins with heather krueger, a nursing assistant outside chicago who needed emergency help herself. her liver was failing. >> i was just lucky enough to find someone that was selfless and put himself out there for me. >> reporter: because that man next to her, a former marine, heard about her at work. he'd never met her. but went for tests to see if he was a match. >> if i was in that situation, i would want somebody to help my family. i got in touch with the hospital and i started going through the testing to see if i was a match. >> reporter: he was. and he remembers calling heather the first time they talked. >> i called her on the phone, i
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